Democracy Now! television program for Friday, December 14, 2001
What Really Happened at the Prison Uprising Near Mazar-I-Sharif
U.S. planes are continuing to bomb the mountain hideouts of trapped Al-Qaeda fighters after the expiration of asurrender-or-die ultimatum from the U.S.-backed Afghan forces besieging them. Al Queda forces had previously offeredto surrender in the presence of UN troops and diplomats from their own countries. Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters inthe southern part of Afghanistan needed only to look north for a glimpse of their possible fate. In one of the mostnotorious atrocities of the war, hundreds of foreign Taliban prisoners were massacred in a prison uprising inMazar-I-Sharif in Northern Afghanistan by Northern Alliance forces and US bombers.
A Swedish Protester Who Was Shot By the Police While Protesting President Bush's Visit Togothenberg Last Spring Is Convicted of Rioting . . . But Did Police Doctor Evidence?
Riot police are on standby in Brussels today, as some 80,000 people march through the Belgian capital, demanding theEuropean Union give labor unions a larger role in shaping social policy and do more to cut unemployment. A two-daysummit of EU leaders begins today, and is expected to draw anti-globalization activists from across Europe for threeother demonstrations this weekend. 3,000 riot police and horse patrol police officers equipped with water cannonshave been deployed on the streets, and Belgian air force F-16 fighters have been placed on alert.
Terrorism, Security and Protest According to Anti-Globalization Guru Naomi Klein
Since Vancouver hosted the APEC (the Asia Pacific Economic Conference) conference in 1997, Canadian politicians havefaced a dilemma: how do you clamp down on messy street protests without violating fundamental laws that guaranteefreedom of assembly and prohibit political interference with policing? Toronto-based syndicated columnist Naomi Kleintells us that: “Post-September 11, the answer has revealed itself, as elegant as it is brutal: ditch the laws.”According to some, this answer could apply to police investigations into the protests in Genoa and Gothenberg. Thedoctoring of the police video used in the trials of Swedish protesters Three senior Italian police commanders weretransferred to other posts last night after an investigation into the policing of riots at the G8 summit in Genoa inwhich one protester was shot dead and more than 230 were wounded. It amounts to a government admission that thepolice had used excessive force. Claudio Scajola, the Interior Minister, announced that Francesco Colucci, the GenoaChief of Police, Arnaldo La Barbera, the head of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, and Ansoino Andreassi, the Italian DeputyChief of Police, were being moved to other posts. The action placed a question mark over Gianni de Gennaro, theItalian Chief of Police. The investigation looked at an aggressive police raid on a school housing protesters inwhich 62 were injured and 93 were arrested. All police were cleared of any wrongdoing in September by aparliamentary committee.
After the Bush Administration Tells the Networks Not to Air Unedited Videotapes of Osama Binladen, the Administration Releases a New Tape, Translated By the Pentagon
The Pentagon released a translated videotape of Osama bin Laden yesterday. US intelligence officers claim they foundthe tape in a residence in Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan.
War On Terrorism for Whom? The US Sentences Cuban Spies to Life in Prison. They Say Theywere Trying to Prevent Terrorist Attacks On Fidel Castro
A US federal court sentenced convicted Cuban spy Ramon Labanino to life in prison, a day after the alleged leader ofhis spy ring received the same sentence.
President Bush Abandons One of the Most Important Arms-Control Agreements of the Last Threedecades, Pulling Out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia
President Bush yesterday abandoned one of the most important arms-control agreements of the last three decades byannouncing that the United States is pulling out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia so he can pursuehis plans for a so-called missile defense.